Origin of sycophant
Related formssyc·o·phan·tic, syc·o·phan·ti·cal, syc·o·phant·ish, adjectivesyc·o·phan·ti·cal·ly, syc·o·phant·ish·ly, adverbsyc·o·phant·ism, noun
Examples from the Web for sycophantic
It was clearly meant to be a sycophantic gesture, but the jape backfired like a blocked Victorian shotgun.Royal Cover-Up as Prince of Wales Shoots Owl (In 1896)|Tom Sykes|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He could be petty and mean-spirited to subordinates, ingratiating and sycophantic to bosses and celebrities.The Only Sportscaster That Mattered: New Biography of Howard Cosell|Robert Lipsyte|November 20, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The companies' management teams, meanwhile, were becoming inbred and sycophantic.
A comic imitation of a sycophantic head waiter took him over.
That was said not vainly or presumptuously, but in reproof of sycophantic courtiers.Narrative And Miscellaneous Papers|Thomas De Quincey
That the pastoral was forced to serve the menial part of a vehicle of sycophantic praise is less easily pardoned.Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama|Walter W. Greg
Business and professional men had long been groveling in sycophantic servility at the feet of "the clique."The Centralia Conspiracy|Ralph Chaplin
The trusty had a silly, sycophantic manner of raising one hand in salute.The Financier|Theodore Dreiser
His age may have been fifty; his air was mean and sycophantic.The Strolling Saint|Raphael Sabatini